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Time is appropriate for reflection, action

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Every businessperson knows there isn’t enough time to think through decisions, that time for reflection isn’t usually scheduled during a hectic week. The Jewish High Holidays are just that kind of time, asking us to stop and reflect, in a span of 10 days, on what happened last year and what we hope to accomplish… Continue Reading Time is appropriate for reflection, action

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What I like to call The Great Cost Shift in American health care marches on with the approach of this year’s insurance enrollment season. That’s when all of us who get coverage from employers, the new state exchanges, Medicare Advantage plans or from a Medicare prescription drug plan are likely to find that choosing drug… Continue Reading Insurers shift higher generic prices to patients

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Run the right race if you want to win

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In a village long ago lived a young boy who loved nothing as much as competing in athletic contests. Because he was fit and strong, he usually triumphed, and he grew to love the adulation he received from the villagers around him. One day he challenged two other youths to a race from one end… Continue Reading Run the right race if you want to win

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Suppose someone approached you and said, “If you buy the investment I have in mind for you, you can get good returns — but you won’t be able to access your money for 10 years without a substantial penalty.” And then what if someone else said to you, “I can get you the same returns… Continue Reading Weigh the downsides of tying up your money investing

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The ‘other’ side of the NFL’s story

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While the airwaves and print media recycle their outrage over the revelations of domestic violence perpetrated by Ray Rice against his fiancee and Adrian Peterson against his 4-year old son, the focus has shifted from the alleged crimes themselves to the NFL’s cover-up. Reminiscent of U.S. presidents’ cover-up stories that ended in impeachments and the… Continue Reading The ‘other’ side of the NFL’s story

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Stormwater proposal deserves ‘yes’ vote

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Last week, an extraordinary thing happened in El Paso County! Citizens, working alongside their locally elected officials, local government staff members, business leaders, military representatives, nonprofit representatives and more, all brought to fruition a collaborative proposal to tackle our region’s long-standing, complex flooding and stormwater management problem. This is no small accomplishment. Stormwater management is… Continue Reading Stormwater proposal deserves ‘yes’ vote

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List is long of those needing affordable housing

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More than 4,000 names are on a list to obtain affordable housing (2013 Quality of Life Indicators). A few years ago, Martha (not her real name) and her granddaughter lived in a dangerous neighborhood in El Paso County, with high crime and drugs. She feared for her grandchild’s safety, well-being and her education. Martha’s name… Continue Reading List is long of those needing affordable housing

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Five factors for being a ‘bankable’ business

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In the literal sense, every business is “bankable,” but understanding what a bank is looking for from business owners is crucial for the relationship to be successful for both participants. Knowing what it means to be “bankable” will help navigate the waters of applying for a loan and serve as a useful tool in preparing… Continue Reading Five factors for being a ‘bankable’ business

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Is incivility making your workplace toxic?

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The flip side of the “jobless recovery” is increased stress for those who still have jobs. Workers are being asked to do more with fewer resources than ever before. There is a disconnect between what employees need and what employers think they need. Incivility is epidemic. Workplace incivility aggravates every other workplace problem. It is… Continue Reading Is incivility making your workplace toxic?

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Weighing the factors that influence investing

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When is the right time to invest in growth? That’s a multi-million dollar question constantly examined by business executives looking to invest in new equipment, new office space or a new market. Federal policy has kept interest rates at or near historic lows since the start of the housing collapse and The Great Recession. Those… Continue Reading Weighing the factors that influence investing

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